More

    Supporters of pro-life constitutional amendment outnumber detractors at AK Senate hearing

    By AlaskaWatchman.com

    Alaskans who support a proposed constitutional amendment clarifying there is no right to abortion in the State Constitution outnumbered opponents during a March 16 public hearing.

    The Senate Health and Social Services Committee meeting included 29 testimonies via telephone. Many others were waiting on the line as the hour and a half long hearing ended. Supporters of the measure outnumbered opponents 18 to 11, among those who testified.

    Sponsored by Sen. Shelley Hughes (R-Palmer), Senate Joint Resolution 4 is short and simple. It states: “To protect human life, nothing in this constitution may be construed to secure or protect a right to an abortion or require the State to fund an abortion.”

    If approved by two-thirds of both the House and Senate, the proposed constitutional amendment would go before voters at the next general election, where a simple majority of voters could pass the amendment.

    Sen. Hughes noted during the hearing that her legislation does not change abortion policy in Alaska. Rather, it clarifies that the Alaska Supreme Court can no longer interpret the State Constitution as justification for striking down pro-life laws passed by the Legislature.

    The measure will be scheduled for another hearing next week, according to Hughes.

    Click here to support the Alaska Watchman.

    Joel Davidson
    Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.

    Share this article

    Related articles

    3 Comments

    1. Thank You Sen Hughes,
      The Alaska Supreme Court interpreting the State Constitution? I would think the Alaska Supreme Court should support and defend the State Constitution.

    Leave a reply

    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here

    Donate

    Alaska Watchman relies on the generous support of our readers. All donations go directly to supporting and expanding our news coverage. Please consider becoming a regular supporter.

    $

    Stay Informed

    Receive breaking stories and analysis from the Alaska Watchman directly to your inbox for free.

    No spam ever. Guaranteed.

    Latest articles

    News tips